Christmas At London Zoo 2018: In Photos

Christmas At London Zoo 2018: In Photos
Christmas at London Zoo light festival 2018
A larger than life lion

A million lights — ONE MILLION! — plus three illuminated tunnels and larger-than-lifesize animal lanterns have been unveiled at London Zoo.

It's the first year for Christmas At London Zoo, a dazzling animal-themed lights festival from the company behind Christmas At Kew.

Christmas at London Zoo light festival 2018
One of three illuminated tunnels

The mile-long trail winds through the Regent's Park zoo after dark, following in the (illuminated) footsteps of some of its residents.

Christmas at London Zoo light festival 2018
Follow the paw prints to find the trail

The real animals are tucked up in bed, but their illuminated stand-ins are spectacular — and they stay still for long enough for you to get a decent photo, too.

Christmas at London Zoo light festival 2018
A family of penguins dazzles while the real ones sleep nearby

A towering Christmas tree made of sledges stands guard over the old elephant house — and if the tree looks familiar, that's because it was on display at Christmas At Kew last year.

Christmas at London Zoo light festival 2018
A towering tree made from sledges

Some of the zoo's listed buildings are illuminated too, including the Lubetkin Penguin Pool — no longer home to any animals but hosting a dancing fountain display, choreographed to Christmas tunes.

Christmas at London Zoo light festival 2018
The listed Lubetkin Penguin Pool is enchanting

Kids will love peering into the elves' workshop and North Pole post office — and if you time it right, you might get a glimpse of the man himself on stage as he pops into the zoo to collect his reindeer.

Christmas at London Zoo light festival 2018
Peer through the North Pole windows

The zoo gift shop is open throughout the event, ideal for a bit of Christmas shopping for the animal lovers in your life. The central courtyard hosts food and drink stalls, a helter-skelter and a carousel.

Christmas at London Zoo light festival 2018
A pair of glittering kangaroos
Christmas at London Zoo light festival 2018
This laser-and-smoke tunnel is a trippy experience
Christmas at London Zoo light festival 2018
Illuminated giraffes tower over visitors

Christmas at London Zoo, various dates until 1 January 2019. Adult tickets £16.50, child tickets £10.50, booking required.


If you love light festivals, you might also be interested in Christmas At Kew and After Dark at Chiswick House. Take a look at the other light festivals in London this winter.

Last Updated 23 November 2018

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